Thomas James Ladnier (1900–1939)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Jazz trumpeter Thomas “Tommy” Ladnier was born in Florenville/Mandeville, Louisiana on May 28, 1900. His father was Alfred Ladnier and his mother Willie Williams Ladnier. He played in local bands beginning in 1914 and one of his teachers was trumpeter Bunk … Read MoreThomas James Ladnier (1900–1939)

Simon Estes (1938- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Simon Lamont Estes is a prominent and critically acclaimed African American opera singer.  He has made singing appearances before six U.S. presidents, including Barack Obama, numerous other presidents and world leaders, and dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  … Read MoreSimon Estes (1938- )

Natalie Leota Hinderas (1927-1987)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Concert pianist Natalie Hinderas was born Natalie Leota Henderson on June 15, 1927, to parents Abram Henderson and Leota Palmer Henderson in Oberlin, Ohio. Hinderas came from a family of accomplished musicians.  Her great-grandfather had been a bandleader and teacher, her … Read MoreNatalie Leota Hinderas (1927-1987)